Lech Wałęsa

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Lech Wałęsa

Lech Wałęsa (born 1943) was a leader in Solidarity, a Polish anti-Communist labour organization that arose in the port city of Gdańsk in the 1980s. Poland, was at the time, a Soviet satellite nation. In 1980, Walesa led a strike at the Gdańsk shipyard, which led to strikes throughout Poland for workers' rights. He was awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his actions.[1]

In 1990, he was elected president of Poland, and served until 1995. During the campaign Walesa was asked if he thought there were too many Jews in the Polish government. Walesa responded, "I am 100% Polish." Walesa’s opponent, then Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, was constantly accused of not being “a true Pole.”[2]

Walesa is faulted for having done nothing to restrain the remarks, especially so because of his angry retort that he was “100 percent Polish,” when asked at an election rally if there were not “too many Jews” in the Polish government.

Walesa opposes the gay agenda.[3]


  1. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1983/walesa-bio.html
  2. https://www.jta.org/archive/walesa-frustrated-his-denials-of-anti-semitism-are-disbelieved
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/03/lech-walesa-gay-rights-criticism